Hot dogs, ketchup, mayo, lunchmeat, butter-flavored popcorn, Velveeta, Mint Milanos, chips, bakery products, ice cream, air fresheners…Seriously, if it's not one chemical additive, it's another. This one in particular can help you get lung cancer. So if you love nachos, deli sandwiches, or pancakes/scones/waffles from a mix, you may wake up one day and find yourself on the path I'm on. Trust me, I'd have given up pastrami, air fresheners, and butter-flavored popcorn long ago had I known it would lead to this.
The newest culprit is inorganic phosphates. According to a recent study, many common foods—including self-rising flour and leavening (so even if you bake your own stuff)—contain INORGANIC phosphates. Phosphorous occurs naturally in many foods—beans, legumes, nuts, wheat, etc—and unless one is phosphate-sensitive, can be beneficial. Inorganic phosphates are added to many foods to retain moisture and enhance texture. Anything that contains "emulsifiers" or "lecithin" or any number of variations with the word "phosphate" in the chemical name is inorganic. Because we live in a world where food scientists have corrupted everything, there's very little that comes in a package that is untainted. Ice cream, cream cheese, barbecue sauce—I guess homemade is still the best. Amounts up to about 400 mg/day is "acceptable", but evidently most Americans potentially consume 1000 mg more than that each day, depending on their dietary choices. You might worry if you drink soda, eat corn dogs, mac and cheese, and are not obsessed with reading ingredient labels.
There was the occasional deli sandwich or corned beef brisket, rife with nitrites, and the occasional soda to wash down pizza, popcorn at movies. But how can you win with the nitrites, sodium, high-fructose corn syrup, MSG (in everything but quite plentiful in Parmesan cheese), and phosphates, and if it's a diet soda, aspartame (Nutra Sweet)? And next time I'm tempted to clean house, I might just use the excuse that it's endangering my health. Yikes!
So there it is.